AmeriCorps Community Support Navigators helping to create inclusive communities.

AmeriCorps Community Support Navigators helping to create inclusive communities.

Individual Advocacy and Family Supports

Individual Advocacy & Family Supports encompasses two interrelated areas: enhancing the capacity of natural supports to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities and addressing whole-family support needs.

Projects include: providing information, training, and support services to families; providing community training and technical assistance in promoting consumer and family-centered planning and service coordination; and promoting consumer and family support and advocacy systems at the community, state, and national level.


This priority area encompasses two interrelated areas: 1) Enhancing the capacity of natural supports to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities; and 2) Addressing whole-family support needs of families. The range of issues includes providing information, training, and support services to families on a variety of needs, providing community training and technical assistance to promote consumer and family-centered planning and service coordination to meet their own needs, and promoting consumer and family support and advocacy systems at the community, state, and national level.

Individual Advocacy and Family Supports Projects:

Enhancing Pediatric Care Coordination for CYSHCN

Missouri Family to Family Health Information Center

Missouri Family to Family Resource Center 

Missouri Guardianship Project 

Special Health Care Needs Family Partnership Initiative